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Our address is: “contact (at sign) bssf.org” replace the (at sign) with “@”

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President: Andrea Burhoe
Phone: 415-824-9315

Website maintenance: Eric Schrader
Phone: 415-823-7984
twitter: @ericschrader

Vice President: Christian Werk
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County Fair Building
9th Avenue and Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122

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7 Gateview Court, San Francisco, CA 94116-1941

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  1. Nicole
    Aug 8th, 15


    I hope this email finds you well. I am with a company called San Francisco Florist. I am reaching out you to find out if you would let me know if there is a resource for us to purchase a large bonsai. I can provide photos of what we are looking for if needed. We realize these bonsai take many years to grow and have been maintained with much care and attention and are therefore not readily available for purchase. But if you can point me toward someone who might be willing we would greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you kindly,

  2. Eric Schrader
    Aug 8th, 15

    Hi Nicole. I’m happy to help with at least some more information for you. Please feel free to send a couple images to contact(at sign)bssf.org

  3. Irene Okupnik
    Aug 11th, 16


    I got a beautiful juniper tree 4 months ago. I have received instructions how to care for it and have been following them carefully. But, about two weeks ago, some foliage started turning brown and it is spreading fast. Would you, please, help me to determine what, if anything, went wrong and what should I do?

    Thank you very much for your assistance. Irene

  4. Eric Schrader
    Sep 24th, 16

    Hi – I’m sorry to hear that your juniper is not doing well. Please feel free to bring it to a 3rd Thursday class or a 2nd Thursday general meeting. We can diagnose problems. Many juniper bonsai given as gifts are in poor health when they are received. You should not be discouraged if your tree struggles or dies. We teach basics classes to give people a foundation of knowledge for growing bonsai, check out the meetings page.

  5. Jonathan
    Jul 12th, 17

    Hi, is your annual bonsai auction is Sept open to non-members? Thanks

  6. Rhonda Havins
    Jul 14th, 17

    Dear Bonsai Friends in San Francisco-
    Can someone get a message to Mr. John Thompson that I appreciated greatly the information he gave that I have seen on the web on Oak Bonsai. And it is so nice that someone is working with the Oak for Bonsai. In general I was not able to find other folks interested in my area… I have been able to adopt a yamadori Red Oak individual at this time and have a Post Oak seedling growing nicely. Would like to find an English Oak/and or Valley Oak to hopefully be able to grow in my area. Although that may perhaps be unrealistic and I should concentrate on species in my area. I greatly appreciate the styling advice of Mr. Thompson.
    Sincerely,Rhonda in Dallas Texas

  7. Rhonda Havins
    Jul 14th, 17

    The books I would recommend to Mr. Thompson:
    ‘Oak’ by Peter Young
    ‘Oak the frame of civilization’
    The Hidden Life of Trees by Wohlleben

  8. Eric Schrader
    Jul 25th, 17

    Yes, it is! We’ll be sending out an announcement shortly about that!

  9. Matt
    Aug 22nd, 17

    Hi Eric, I am interested in learning how to grow bonsai. Are there any courses (in person or online) you’d recommend? Do you have any recs for where to purchase starter kits / materials? -Matt

  10. Eric Schrader
    Aug 30th, 17

    Hi Matt,

    At present, I’d say Ryan Neil’s live webstreams on bonsaimirai are the best option. It’s serious content. As for bonsai materials and supplies, I recommend bonsaitonight.com. Jonas is a friend of mine, but he’s just over in Alameda so accessible. He has material for sale as well as tools and supplies.

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